I teach in an urban district with a very diverse ethnic and cultural population. My students come from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, but the entire district qualifies for free breakfast and lunch.
I have had students that come from two-parent families, one-parent families, and foster families.
I've had students that live in homeless shelters as well. Many students have been the recipients of food donations from a local food bank to ensure they are sufficiently fed over the weekends. Some students come to school with limited background knowledge and are eager to learn about new things every day. Our school is a dual-language school, with a large number of Portuguese-speaking families. Every year, I have students that come to school speaking very little English or no English at all.
My students spend a great deal of time on the carpet in our classroom. We do whole group and small group activities there. The children will be sitting on the rug for different lessons, but they will also be standing on it to move and stretch their bodies.
Young children need a comfortable place to sit and learn other than in chairs.
The design of this carpet makes it so versatile. The individual boxes give each student his/her own personal space, and we can use the letters and corresponding pictures in so many educational and fun ways. Learning the letters and sounds is a key part of the kindergarten curriculum, and there are so many ways to reinforce it.
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